Two approaches for improving the dual response method in robust parameter design

Guillermo Miró-Quesada, Enrique Del Castillo

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The prediction properties of models used in the dual response approach to robust parameter design are studied, and two procedures that improve the performance of the approach are proposed. The first procedure suggests scaling of the noise variables to reduce the expected mean squared error of the variance model, based on the concept that the range of the noise variables used in the experimental design should contain most of their distribution. Naturally, the scaling improves the fit of the part of the model associated with the noise factors. However, it is shown that such scaling does not alter the variance contribution of the noise factors, which is fundamental for robust parameter design. The second procedure combines the variance due to the noise factors with the variance due to the prediction error of the fitted model (i.e., it looks at the variance of the predictions), thus considering all sources of variability present in the problem. An unbiased estimator of this combined variance is developed. Two examples are given for each procedure. The second proposed approach is compared with the dual response approach recommended in the literature by means of the prediction intervals of the responses, as recently discussed by Myers et al. (1997). It is found in the examples that the new procedure gives narrower intervals (50% and 12% percent smaller) where the degree of improvement depends, as expected, on the goodness of fit of the response surface model. The resulting solutions thus obtained are robust to both noise factor and parameter estimation uncertainty. Negative variance values, possible in the usual dual response approach in the literature, are avoided in the new formulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)154-168
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Quality Technology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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